Australian Festival of Chamber Music
After winning its third Limelight Award for the 2012 event, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music is set for another great year in 2014. The festival has been running for over 23 years now and garners attention from around the globe. Tickets for this year's 10-day festival go on sale soon - check the official website for details.
This year's festival runs from 1-9 August in Townsville and features a diverse group of musicians and attendees. People don't just enjoy the festival for the world-class musical performances; they're also attracted for the unique social opportunities and excellent culinary festivities. Some of the world's most acclaimed chefs present fine foods for all to enjoy.
About the City of Townsville
Townsville boasts one of the best climates in Australia, making it an excellent venue for the anticipated Festival of Chamber Music. With an average temperature of 24 degrees C and 300 days per year of sunny, blue skies, this tropical paradise beacons more than music lovers.
While in Townsville, take in some of the local attractions, such as The Strand. This waterfront promenade offers over 2 kilometres of palm-lined walking trails, bike trails, beach for swimming, outstanding views, and a water park. Riverway is also nearby, a getaway nestled within the rainforest with lagoons for swimming, boardwalks and pathways for walking, barbecue grills, and more.
Within the city of Townsend, take a day trip to Castle Hill, a red rock monolith in the centre of town. In addition to the breathtaking views here, you can learn a great deal about the country's military history and challenge yourself to the "goat track" walking trail where locals go to stay in shape.
Dining and Nightlife in Townsville
Finders Street Central is newly renovated, offering something for every member of the family in the retail shops. On Sundays, Finders Street Central hosts Cotters Markets where local growers and merchants offer their wares. For nightlife in Townsend, Finders Street East is home to bars, pubs, and dance clubs to thrill and entertain locals and visitors alike.
Visit Palmer Street for some of the area's fine dining, including international cuisine like Indian, Asian, Greek, Italian, Mexican, French, contemporary Australian, and locally harvested seafood. Fine dining, comfort foods and family-oriented restaurants are all available.
Last Year's Award-Winning Australian Festival of Chamber Music
The list of performers who performed at the 2013 Australian Festival of Chamber Music can be found here. Notable Australian artists included Adele Johnston, the Australian Brass Quintet, and Ben Jacks, while international guests include volinists Atle Sponberg from Norway and Gil Morgenstern from the United States, among many others.
Accommodation in Townsville and Cairns
Whether you're attending the Townsville event or waiting until the performers play in Cairns, consider a holiday rental in lieu of an impersonal hotel room.
With so many great musical performances and culinary delights to enjoy, make a holiday out of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of September 4th 2013.
Photo courtesy of Quincena Musical